Anneliese Federico (nee Otterbein), 88, of Hoboken, N.J., passed away on Monday, March 16, 2020, surrounded by her loved ones at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Wayne, New Jersey. Born in Offenbach, Germany, she was the daughter of the late August and Elfrieda Otterbein. Anneliese came to the United States at the age of 16, the bride of the late Anthony Federico, a soldier in WWII, who was stationed in Germany. Together they built a life and a family in Hoboken, New Jersey, where Anneliese lived for almost all of her life. Although she was German, “Lizzie” or “Oma” as she came to be known, quickly assimilated into Italian-American culture. She cooked some of the most delicious Italian dishes in Hoboken, eventually passing her talents down through the family. She also maintained great pride in her German heritage and was able to travel back to visit her family later in life. Oma’s main focus was always her family, both here and back home in Offenbach. She also had a great love for animals of all kinds and supported many charities throughout her life.

Anneliese is survived by her daughter, Karen Tavaglione and her husband Matthew, her son Mark Federico and his wife Lori, and her daughter Christina Federico Stites. She will be sadly missed by her endeared daughter-in-law, Ann Federico. She was the cherished grandmother of nine grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her loving husband Anthony, and her three devoted sons, Peter, Anthony and Guido(Guy).

In observance of the current health restrictions, the Funeral Mass will be offered for FAMILY ONLY on Friday, March 20, 2020, 11:00AM at St. Mary’s Church, 280 Washington Avenue, Dumont. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, North Arlington, NJ. A celebration of her life to be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to The Humane Society.


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